MassGOP Files Ethics Complaint Regarding Cape Senate Candidate's Apparent Use Of Public Employee As Campaign Treasurer

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Republican Party today filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission regarding the questionable campaign practices of the Democratic Chairman of the Brewster Board of Selectmen (and candidate for state senate) Ben deRuyter. deRuyter and his campaign's treasurer, Sarah A. Turano-Flores (who serves as the Town Counsel for the Town of Brewster), appear to be in violation of a state law which stipulates that public employees may not serve as treasurers of campaign committees.

"Voters on Cape Cod have already endured far too many headlines about their Democrat state senator's high-profile spat with the Ethics Commission, but it appears that one of Dan Wolf's favored candidates hasn't learned to avoid similar pitfalls,"said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "Of all the possibilities for campaign treasurer, Ben deRuyter chose the public lawyer for the town where he serves as Selectman chair - giving a clear indication of the kind of ethical standards he would bring to the State House. Cape Cod needs a serious leader who doesn't get bogged down with ethical troubles in the Senate."

Click here to see the MassGOP's letter to the Ethics Commission

Ben deRuyter appointed as his campaign treasurer the Town Counsel of Brewster, who appears to qualify as a public employee under the Ethics Commission's definition of a "municipal employee," which includes contractors with municipalities. Such an appointment is a violation of state law, and presents serious ethical troubles given deRuyter's role as the Chairman of the Brewster Board of Selectmen. (Read the MassGOP's full letter to the Ethics Commission)

Dan Wolf appears to be supportive of deRuyter's bid. (Geoff Spillane, "deRuyter, flanked by Wolf, announces run for Senate," Cape Cod Times, 1/31/16)

Cape voters have already had to endure headlines about Wolf's high profile spat with the Ethics Commission. (Shira Schoenberg, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission says State Sen. Dan Wolf, a 2014 gubernatorial candidate, is violating conflict of interest law," MassLive, 8/7/13)